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Named for Rev. Adam Buddle (1660-1715) English botanist and vicar of Farmbridge in Essex.
Stearn, W.T. (1996). Dictionary of Plant Names for Gardeners. Cassell.


A decoction of roots provides a remedy for cough and for relief of colic while an infusion of the leaves is applied as an eye lotion. link


Family name change - previously Buddlejaceae
Plants of the World online, Kew Science link


Although not common there are a number of reports of people who have developed acute skin rashes, urticaria and wheezing after working with Buddleia plants. Please note: there is no information as to which species provoke this reaction.
Professor Anthony Dayan, 2022

Geographical distribution

  • Africa, East Tropical Africa, Tanzania
  • Africa, South Tropical Africa, Malawi
  • Africa, South Tropical Africa, Mozambique
  • Africa, South Tropical Africa, Zambia
  • Africa, South Tropical Africa, Zimbabwe
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Cape Provinces
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Free State
  • Africa, Southern Africa, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Lesotho
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Northern Provinces
  • Africa, Southern Africa, Swaziland

Buddleja salviifolia (L.) Lam.

Genus: Buddleja
Species: salviifolia (L.) Lam.
Common names: South African Sagewood
Distribution summary: Africa
Habit: Shrub
Hardiness: H4 - Hardy; average winter
Habitat: Woodland, forest margins, ravines
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Southern Hemisphere Wolfson bed (N)
Flowering months: July, August
Reason for growing: Commemorative, medicinal, toxic

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